Short Course on

Oil & Gas Law

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

JACQUELINE L. WEAVER is Professor Emerita at the University of Houston Law Center, where she held the A.A. White Professor of Law chair until her retirement in 2017.  Her teaching and research interests cover oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law.  She is the co-author of Smith & Weaver, Texas Law of Oil and Gas, a three-volume treatise; Energy, Economics and the Environment (a casebook on U.S. energy, including FERC regulation of pipelines); and several books on international petroleum transactions. She has lectured on topics in international oil and gas in Africa (Uganda, Namibia, and Luanda), Kazakhstan (as a Fulbright scholar), Lisbon, and Bangkok.  She has written articles on offshore safety after the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, energy markets, sustainable development in the international petroleum industry, comparative unitization laws, energy policy, and traditional oil and gas law topics.  Professor Weaver holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston.

Faculty

PHILLIP D. BARBER practices law in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Wyoming and grew up in Colorado. He graduated from the Pueblo public schools, from Dartmouth College in 1975 (magna cum laude, with high distinction), and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1979. His practice has focused on oil and gas law and natural resources and commercial litigation. Mr. Barber represents a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production companies, parties who own surface, mineral or overriding royalty interests, and municipalities along Colorado's Front Range. He is the editor/author of “Oil & Gas Practice in Colorado” for the Colorado Methods of Practice, and is a contributing author to the Federal Law of Oil and Gas Leasing. He has presented papers at several Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institutes and speaks annually at the Short Course on Oil and Gas Law. Mr. Barber also volunteers with a number of non-profit groups, and provides pro bono representation to people seeking asylum in this country.

JOHN S. DZIENKOWSKI is the John F. Sutton, Jr. Chair in Lawyering and the Legal Process and a Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. John is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a high honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, John served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review and received the honors of a member in the UT Chancellors and the Order of the Coif. He served as a judicial law clerk for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed (1983-84) and for District of Massachusetts Judge Robert Keeton (1984-85). John began his teaching career at Tulane Law School in New Orleans and joined the Texas faculty in 1988.  He has been a visiting professor at a number of law schools around the country. John teaches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility of lawyers, real property, international energy transactions, and oil and gas taxation. He also was the recipient of the Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award at the Law School in 2005. John is a four-term member of the drafting committee of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. John has authored and edited numerous books and articles on a variety of legal ethics and natural resource topics. John is the long-time co-chair (with Bob Peroni) of the bi-annual Parker Fielder Oil and Gas Taxation Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law and the Internal Revenue Service.

MONIKA U. EHRMAN is Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she leads the energy program. Her scholarly interests are in the area of oil and gas real property issues, the intersection between law and petroleum technology, and energy policy. Her courses include Oil & Gas Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Energy Negotiations, Property, and Oil & Gas Contracts. She currently teaches in the J.D. and graduate programs at OU Law and in the Executive Energy Management Program at the OU Price College of Business. Prior to teaching, she served as general counsel of a privately held oil and gas company in Dallas; senior counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources; and associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP. Before law school, Professor Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry. In addition to her technical experience, she also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading.  She is a member of the Board of Directors and a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a Trustee for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. She is the incoming Vice President Education for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, where she was the 2018 Professor in Residence. Professor Ehrman is the faculty advisor to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J). She received her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta; J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law; and Master’s in Law from Yale Law School. During law school, she was Research Assistant to Professor John Lowe at SMU and to the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

KEITH B. HALL is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law at Louisiana State University, where he teaches: Mineral Rights; Property; International Petroleum Transactions; and Energy Law & Regulation.  His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, and the management of produced water.  He is co-author of a national casebook on oil and gas law and also is co-author of a book on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing.  He also is a contributing co-author to a forthcoming new edition of a book on international petroleum transactions.  In addition to teaching at LSU, Professor Hall has taught energy law classes as a visiting professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan, as a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and as an adjunct professor at Loyola School of Law.  Before joining the LSU faculty, he practiced law at a major firm in New Orleans for sixteen years, and before that he worked for eight years as a chemical engineer in the petrochemical industry.

COLIN G. HARRIS has proudly served the energy and natural resources industries in environmental, litigation, and pipeline safety matters for over 25 years. His deep air-quality experience includes compliance, permitting, policy, enforcement, and litigation. Colin’s upstream and midstream experience includes complex and novel matters in North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and other states. His clients also operate in the refining and utility sectors. Colin is a recognized leader in the pipeline industry, which faces strong headwinds associated with new regulations and public opposition. He currently represents over six pipeline operators in various matters ranging from PHMSA counseling and administrative evidentiary hearings, to emergency response and litigation defense associated with major spill incidents to waters. Colin was co-appellate counsel in a 2017 precedent-setting case where the Fifth Circuit vacated much of a PHMSA order and penalty, disagreeing with the agency’s interpretation of its own regulations, and ruling that it had failed to provide due process. ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. v. Department of Transportation, 867 F.3d 564 (5th Cir. 2017). Colin combines his energy industry expertise and regulatory knowledge with a strong litigation background. He has aggressively defended high-profile enforcement cases in pre-trial phases to achieve favorable consent decree terms. He has tried hearings and cases for energy industry clients involving pipeline safety and environmental issues, including a recent arbitration resulting in a significant settlement.

BRUCE M. KRAMER received his B.A. in International Relations from UCLA in 1968, his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1972 and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1975.  From 1974 through his retirement at the end of 2006 he taught at the Texas Tech University School of Law.  He is now the Maddox Professor of Law Emeritus.  From 2007 through the present he is of counsel to the Texas-based law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore.  He has taught at Colorado University School of Law since 2008 and is currently a Thomson Visiting Professor of Law.   He is the co-author of several treatises including The Law of Pooling and Unitization, Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (since 1996), Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law and International Petroleum Transactions.  He is also the author of numerous law review articles in the field of oil and gas law.  His works have been cited by numerous state and federal courts over the past 25 years.  He is a honorary trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law and a trustee to the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.

CHRISTOPHER KULANDER is a professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston and Director of the school’s Harry L. Reed Oil and Gas Law Institute.  At South Texas, he teaches courses covering oil & gas, energy, and property law.  He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where he was managing editor for the Oklahoma Bar Mineral Law Newsletter, note editor and assisting managing editor for the American Indian Law Review, and research assistant for Owen L. Anderson, Eugene Kuntz Chair of Oil and Gas Law.  Before teaching, Professor Kulander practiced full-time for four years in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone LLP within the Energy Practice Group, focusing on energy lending, finance, and bankruptcy.  Prior to that, he practiced for two years with Cotton & Bledsoe in Midland, Texas, focusing on oil and gas title and leasing.  Before law school, he received his B.S. and M.S. in geology from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, and his Ph.D. in geophysics (petroleum seismology) from Texas A&M, after which he worked as a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey.  He has written and published in the fields of oil and gas law, land use control, American Indian law as well as in geology and petroleum seismology.

PATRICK H. MARTIN is Campanile Professor of Mineral Law, Emeritus, at Louisiana State University Law Center. Professor Martin taught at the LSU Law Center from 1977 to 2011, including courses in Jurisprudence, Contracts, and Mineral Law. From 1982 to 1984, he served as the Commissioner of Conservation for the State of Louisiana. Professor Martin holds the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University and the J. D. degree from the Duke University Law School. His publications include Pooling and Unitization (with B. Kramer) and Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (update and revision author with B. Kramer) and three casebooks, Jurisprudence: Text and Readings on the Philosophy of Law (with Christie), Oil and Gas Cases and Materials (with Kramer, Hall & Ritchie) and Economic Regulation: Energy, Transportation and Utilities (with Pierce and Allison, 1980) as well as numerous articles on oil and gas law, energy regulation, and early modern English history. McFarland & Company, Inc., published his most recent book, Elizabethan Espionage: Plotters and Spies in the Struggle Between Catholicism and Crown, in 2015. Professor Martin has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and consultant in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as interim director of the LSU Law Center Laborde Energy Law Center.

JUDITH M. MATLOCK is a partner in the Energy Group of the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP. For thirty-five years she has represented companies in the oil and gas industry.  Her practice has emphasized the post-production side of the business. She is involved in all aspects of the gathering, transportation, processing, fractionation, and marketing of natural gas, liquids, and crude oil and representing producers in connection with the calculation, payment, and reporting of royalties and production taxes. Her practice also includes public utility law involving both gas and electric utilities.  She received her undergraduate degree (B.A. 1979) from the University of Colorado at Denver and her law degree (J.D. 1982) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® (oil and gas) since 1995. She is an active participant in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has served on the Executive Committee, as a trustee, and co-chair of the Special Institutes Committee. She has also been the program chair for several RMMLF special institutes and short courses, was the program chair for the 2010 Annual Institute, and is a frequent lecturer and writer on energy topics.  She teaches the oil and gas marketing section of the Foundation’s Oil and Gas Law Short Courses. She is a frequent lecturer and writer on energy topics including two annual institute papers and over a dozen special institute papers for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and numerous other papers for various oil and gas associations. Some of her papers include “Natural Gas Processing Agreements,” Natural Gas Marketing I, Paper No. 7 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 1987); “Natural Gas Processing Agreements,” Natural Gas Marketing II, Paper No. 7 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 1988); “Contract Considerations for All Buyers and Sellers,” “The Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act of 1989,” 19 Colorado Lawyer 655 (1990); “Federal Regulation of Natural Gas,” Natural Gas Conference, Handout (Energy Decisions, Inc. 1990); “Gas Marketing, Transportation, and Balancing,” 1991 AAPL International Conference & Annual Meeting (Denver, Colorado); “Federal and State Regulation of Sales and Transportation,” Negotiating Natural Gas Contracts in the Order 636 Environment, Paper No. 3 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 1993); Who Rules Interstate Gathering?” Natural Gas: How to Keep Winning (Hart Publications 1993); “Transportation Tariffs and Agreements,” Practical Natural Gas Marketing Short Course, Paper No. 5 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 1994); “Workshop ‑ Nominations, Allocations and Penalties in Detail,” Practical Natural Gas Marketing Short Course, Paper No. 6 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 1994); Overview of Federal Regulation,” Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines – Wellhead to End User, Paper 2A (Rocky Mt. Min. Law Fdn. 1995); “Catching up:  The Need to Reflect the Current Gas Marketing Environment in Oil and Gas Agreements,” Journal of Land, Resources, & Environmental Law, pg. 305 (University of Utah College of Law 2004); Natural Gas Gathering, Transportation and Storage Agreements,” Oil and Gas Agreements II (Rocky Mt.  Min.  L.  Fdn.  2005); and “Federal Oil and Gas Pipeline Regulation – an Overview,” Oil & Gas Agreements:  Midstream and Marketing, Paper 4 (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. 2011).

ROBERT J. PERONI is the Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair for Faculty Excellence and a Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.  His research and teaching interests are in the areas of federal taxation (including natural resource taxation and international taxation), law and economics, and professional responsibility and legal ethics.  He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and continuing legal education programs throughout the country.  Bob is the recipient of awards for outstanding law school teaching at Tulane, George Washington University, and the University of Texas.  He has written extensively, having authored or co-authored numerous articles and books, including, with Anderson, Dzienkowski, Lowe, Pierce, and Smith, the most recent edition of Hemingway’s treatise on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (published by West Academic Publishing in 2017).  He earned a BSC from DePaul University; a JD from Northwestern University; and an LLM (in Taxation) from New York University.  He has had numerous appointments at law schools throughout the country, and was a Professor-in-Residence, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, D.C., 1985-86.  He is also the co-chair (with John Dzienkowski) of the bi-annual Parker Fielder Oil and Gas Taxation Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law and the Internal Revenue Service and is the long-time academic co-chair of the Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, co-sponsored by George Washington University Law School and the Internal Revenue Service.  Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

WILLIAM W. PUGH is with the Houston office of Liskow & Lewis. He handles complex maritime and energy-related matters for oil and gas producers and other Texas, Louisiana and Gulf region businesses, including contract disputes, insurance disputes and energy transactions. He has earned a reputation for responsiveness, an ability to translate complicated concepts and for having extensive, pioneering experience analyzing, drafting and reviewing sophisticated energy-related contracts and insurance, indemnity and other contract issues. His practice includes master service agreements, onshore and offshore drilling contracts, charters, flight service agreements, onshore and offshore construction contracts and other maritime and energy-related agreements. He has also helped international and domestic corporations integrate their contracts internally and following mergers or assignment of contracts (such as drilling contracts). Bill was managing partner of the firm’s Houston office and served several terms on Liskow’ s Board of Directors. He now serves as the Team Leader of the Houston office’s Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance Section. He is admitted to practice in Lousiana and Texas. Bill received his J.D from Louisiana State University in 979, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Lousiana Law Review and Order of the Coif. He was Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert Tate, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, and Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979 -1980. Bill has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," 2005–2018.

TARA K. RIGHETTI is an associate professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law and the UW School of Energy Resources and is the director of the University of Wyoming’s AAPL accredited academic program in Professional Land Management. She teaches classes on oil and gas law and leadership, and coaches the schools energy negotiation competition team. She has written numerous articles on legal topics related to oil and gas and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration. Tara is a trustee-at-large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She is licensed to practice in California and Texas and is a Certified Professional Landman.

JACQUELINE L. WEAVER is Professor Emerita at the University of Houston Law Center, where she held the A.A. White Professor of Law chair until her retirement in 2017.  Her teaching and research interests cover oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law.  She is the co-author of Smith & Weaver, Texas Law of Oil and Gas, a three-volume treatise; Energy, Economics and the Environment (a casebook on U.S. energy, including FERC regulation of pipelines); and several books on international petroleum transactions. She has lectured on topics in international oil and gas in Africa (Uganda, Namibia, and Luanda), Kazakhstan (as a Fulbright scholar), Lisbon, and Bangkok.  She has written articles on offshore safety after the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, energy markets, sustainable development in the international petroleum industry, comparative unitization laws, energy policy, and traditional oil and gas law topics.  Professor Weaver holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston.

BRET WELLS, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX